UENO

Ueno Tokyo - Guide to Ueno Tokyo including Ueno Park, museums transport, Ueno hotels, gallery and Ueno Zoo.

If you want to get a feel for old Tokyo, Ueno (上野) in the Taito Ward is a good place to start.

Getting to Ueno

Ueno Station was at one time the place from which steam locomotives chugged off to the snowy northeast, but now the Shinkansen just make a brief stop. The JR Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines stop here, as well as the Hibiya and Ginza subway lines.

The Keisei Skyliner and most Keisei limited expresses from Narita Airport also terminate in Ueno.

Ueno Hotels

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Ueno Highlights

Ueno Park

Ueno Park (上野公園 Ueno-kōen), adjacent to the station, is home to most of the attractions in the area, including the Ueno Zoo and a concentration of Japan's best museums. In cherry blossom season, Ueno Park is Tokyo's most popular spot for outdoor hanami parties.

Ueno Zoo

Ueno ZooUeno Zoo was Japan's first and its most famous zoo. It is conveniently located in Ueno Park right near Ueno Station.

 


The pagoda is presently in the Ueno Zoo, but formerly was part of the Kan'eiji, the temple of the Tokugawa shoguns of Japan, in the Ueno neighbourhood of Tokyo.

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Pagoda Kan'eiji Temple Ueno Zoo Ueno Park

Shinobazu Pond

Shinobazu Pond (不忍池 Shinobazu-ike), adjacent to Ueno Park, is full of water lilies and waterfowl and has the picturesque little Bentendō Hall shrine, dedicated to the goddess Benzaiten, in the middle.
The small Shitamachi Museum (下町風俗資料館) near the southeast corner of Shinobazu Pond offers a glimpse into life in the area in the early 20th century, with re-created houses and stores, and cultural artefacts.

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Shinobazu Lake - Shinobazu Pond Ueno

Ueno Shopping

Ameyoko (アメ横) is a packed shopping bazaar full of stalls selling almost anything you can imagine. It runs roughly south of Ueno station along the inside of the JR Yamanote line tracks to Okachimachi station. If you are looking for a more typically "Asian" market street in Tokyo, with bargaining expected and friendly vendors trying to out-shout each other, this is it. Definitely a good place for souvenirs for friends back home. The district got its name in the post-war years from the American blue jeans and other items that were sold on the black market.

Ueno Food

There's plenty of cheap food to be found all around Ueno station, including a large number of food stalls near the shrine on Shinobazu Lake.

In cherry blossom season, the local favorite is grilled rice dumplings known as dango, slathered with either a sweet and salty soy-based sauce or chunky red bean paste. As the terse Japanese proverb says, Hana yori dango, or "Dumplings rather than blossoms".

Splurge
Ueno Seiyōken (上野精養軒) [4] (http://www.seiyoken.co.jp/) on the Ueno Park grounds. Opened in 1877, this was one of the first Western restaurants in Japan, serving French cuisine befitting its stature.
Drink
"Without sake, what is the meaning of cherry blossoms?", proclaims a famous haiku poem. The profound truths contained within are experimentally tested every spring, when more or less all of Ueno Park disappears under a sea of blue tarps, picnicking secretaries and sozzled salarymen.

Tōrindō (桃林堂). Ueno-sakuragi 1-5-7, [5] (http://www.torindo.co.jp/ueno/ueno.htm) (Japanese only). A little off the beaten track but just a short walk from the Tokyo National Museum, this traditional shop serves tea ceremony tea (�450) without the ritualized fuss and delectable Japanese desserts (�150+) to go with them. Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM.

(Article based on Wikitravel article by Wikitravel users Brian Kurkoski, Richard Petersen, Ted O'Neill and Paul N. Richter and Wikitravel user(s) Jpatokal, Makiko, Miki-monomaniac, Nzpcmad, Huttite and Luke. Article used under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0.)

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